My name is De An, I’m 48 years old have been divorced for 23 years. I have a 25 year old son named BreKen.

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2011 and subsequently had a double mastectomy on 11-11-11. I also received chemo infusions in Denver every 21 days, endured 5 surgeries and a blood transfusion, all in just one year. This proved to be quite difficult, as I live in Pueblo and would commute for medical care and treatments.

To hear a cancer diagnosis in my early forties is definitely devastating. Even more devastating was knowing my son was a senior in high school at the time of my diagnosis. I had to stay strong, keep my head up, continue to work and act like I did not have an illness, especially one as serious as cancer.  I purchased my home in 2000 and did not want to risk losing my home during the time of my illness, so I worked as much as I could. This enabled me to pay off my all of my cancer treatment bills by 2017.

Just when I thought my life was back to normal……………..

November 28th, 2018 started out like most mornings. I went to the gym for my daily work out, and returned to get ready for my usual work day. While showering, I discovered a new mass in my right armpit. Right then, I knew exactly what I had just discovered and fell to my knees. I was quickly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer again.

I currently work four jobs and stay busy by continuing to train as a bodybuilder. This year alone, I have had 3 surgeries. The most recent being on September 10th. I worked all the way up to the day before surgery, but have not been able to work since. Due to my original diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, I do not qualify for extra insurance or Aflac. The financial burden is slowly growing and causing daily stress and many sleepless nights. To make matters worse, I fell a few weeks ago, displacing my treatment port. As a result, it is no longer working and it will have to be surgically removed.

I learned of the Pinehurst Foundation through Dale and Karen Deleo. Karen told me about the Pinehurst Foundation and its mission to help those in need of financial assistance due to a medical illness. I met with Stephanie, a wonderful and beautiful lady. She explained to me how the Pinehurst Foundation could help relieve some of my financial burdens during this tough time.

In the past, a few friends of mine have offered to assist me in paying some outstanding bills. Unfortunately, they did not follow through with their commitment and some of the bills have been turned over to collections. The amount of stress this has caused me is overwhelming. I am worried my credit score will fall below the acceptable range, and ruin my credit. I also am concerned I will lose my home. All this added stress is not helping my body to heal and become healthy again.